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A Body Has Been Found At Lake Piru Where Naya Rivera Went Missing

A Body Has Been Found At Lake Piru Where Naya Rivera Went Missing

Ventura County Sheriff's Office will be holding a press conference later today

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

A body has been found at the California lake where actor Naya Rivera went missing, according to police.

In a statement, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office wrote: "A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2pm at the lake."

Naya Rivera, 33, went missing on Wednesday (8 July) after renting a boat with her four-year-old son. He was found alone sleeping at around 4pm.

The child was unharmed and told investigators that he and his mum were swimming, but she never got back into the boat, according to CBS Los Angeles.

At the time, Ventura Police confirmed the missing person was the actor, who played Santana Lopez in Glee.

An underwater search and rescue operation was conducted.

Officials found her wallet and identification on the boat, Ventura County Sheriff's Department Captain Eric Buschow told the Los Angeles Times.

He added: "He's [Rivera's son] in good health. The family is going through a very traumatic time right now."

Two days later, the search was shifted to a recovery operation as officials tragically declared that she was 'presumed dead'.

In a later statement the police department said: "Approximately 50 sheriff's personnel, along with a helicopter, boat crews, divers, and unmanned aerial vehicles searched the lake for five hours Wednesday evening, but Rivera could not be found.

"The entire shoreline and surface of the lake were thoroughly searched. Divers also searched underwater in the area where the boat had last been seen. However, there was no sign of Rivera.

"The search was suspended at 10.00pm Wednesday night due to zero visibility in the water and dangerous conditions for the divers.

"The search resumed Thursday morning with divers experiencing less than one foot of visibility in the water in daylight. The difficult conditions have made the recovery operation a very slow process.

"The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is assisting in the search with divers and sonar equipment. Approximately 100 personnel are participating in the mission on Thursday, including resources from neighbouring counties and the United States Coast Guard.

"Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident."

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Topics: Celebrity, US News